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Gold Hill plans a pair of barbecues

GOLD HILL ' Two summer barbecues offer opportunities to celebrate recent accomplishments and to raise money for future town projects, organizers say.

The community organization Can-DO hopes to raise money for new bathrooms and improved parking for the sports park at a fund-raising barbecue Saturday at Del Rio Vineyards.

We have a beautiful master plan for the sports park, says event chairwoman Cheryl Joseph.

The group will offer a variety of prizes from 5 to 8 p.m. at Del Rio Vineyards, 52 N. River Road, says Joseph.

Sitting under summer skies in the vineyard's park-like setting, guests will enjoy barbecued chicken and rib dinners as they bid on silent auction items and take a chance on raffle prizes, Joseph says.

— Last year we raised &

36;2,300, says Joseph. We hope to exceed that this year.

The theme of the fifth annual festival is Candlelight in the Vineyard.

The alfresco dining experience, catered by Sweets and Eats restaurant, comes with live music from the Steve Elmer Band, says Gloria Wood, current Can-DO president and chairwoman of the Gold Hill Parks and Recreation Committee.

Gift baskets, art prints and trips to Seven Feathers Hotel and Casino Resort are listed as auction prizes. An acoustic guitar valued at &

36;225 and a fall floral quilt valued at &

36;500 are the silent auction's two featured items, Joseph says.

Three local gourmet food vendors will offer samples of their wares, says Woods.

We're having tasting tables for the first time ' Rogue Creamery cheeses, Great Harvest bread and Dagoba organic chocolate, says Joseph.

Tickets ' &

36;15 for adults and &

36;5 for children 10 and under ' are available at Gold Hill Pharmacy and Sweets and Eats in Gold Hill, and at Alexander's Framing & Gallery in Rogue River.

They're also available at the door, says Joseph.

At the second barbecue, on Saturday, Aug. 27, the City Council will offer a slightly more casual ' but free ' menu on Citizen Appreciation Day, says City Recorder and Treasurer Mary Goddard.

Celebrating the completion of Gold Hill's &

36;2.3 million Highway 234 reconstruction project, the town is grilling up hot dogs and hamburgers from noon until 4 p.m. at the sports park, Goddard says.

The food is free and all are welcome, says Public Works Director Royal Gasso.

The council also wants to get the word out about the area's new river loop trail section, newly installed horseshoe pits and newly resurfaced tennis courts, says Gasso.

The sports park's tennis courts recently received a &

36;25,000 resurfacing. Partially funded by grants of &

36;5,000 from the U.S. Tennis Association, a large chunk of the project's costs were donated by local lifelong tennis player Ogden Kellogg Sr., and his family, Gasso says.

Gasso says his crew will cook the hamburgers and hot dogs for the picnic.

Reach reporter Sanne Specht at 776-4497 or e-mail Gold Hill plans a pair of barbecues"sspecht@mailtribune.com.